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You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 31 May, we want to know:

From what speakers or authors are you currently drawing wisdom? Share a brief story now.

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Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others. Questions and information about presenters might spark ideas for you to share the resources.

  1. In May, SDI Learns from ... Rabbi Malka Drucker and Dr. Tim Scorer, DD, as they discuss elder culture. Rabbi Drucker is the founding rabbi of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism from New Mexico, USA. Tim Scorer is an experiential educator, spiritual director, consultant, and writer from British Columbia, Canada.
    1. Are you interested in building an elder culture?
    2. Does storytelling and reflecting on your life journey in a community intrigue you?
    3. Do you yearn to engage with others in their second half of life and share wisdom?

  2. Parker Palmer shared his wisdom with Emerging Wisdom conference participants via a special recorded video. Palmer lives in Wisconsin, USA and serves as a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist. Listen to him discuss spirituality across generations and thank spiritual directors for offering an important ministry and service in our world today. Enjoy this rich resource and share it freely with your community.

  3. Sr. Kathleen Bryant, RSC, a longtime member of SDI and workshop presenter at SDI conferences, answered the question: What drew you to spiritual direction? The twenty-fifth anniversary series of short, seeker-friendly videos makes it easy to share with everyone the value of spiritual direction. SDI posts a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, follow SDI on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Discover more video resources in the SDI video library.

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in different formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

The 2015 Emerging Wisdom educational events in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, were a deeply moving experience. Over 550 participants from 11 countries celebrated and learned together, praying with and for the vibrant global learning community of SDI!

Thank you to everyone who participated. As a reminder, the evaluation and CEU requests must be completed by Thursday, 7 May. Complete the evaluation now:



Breaking news! The 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events will be in San Diego, California, USA, 7–10 April. SDI is now accepting workshop proposals for the conference. If you have a gift for facilitation and wisdom you would like to share, check out the workshop proposal form and guidelines today. Submissions are due by 1 June 2015.




Do you know seekers who are curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive?  Are you wondering how to take the first step? Join Dr. Bob Gardenhire III and spiritual seekers around the world for a free teleconference on 19 May. RSVP today! Forward the invitation to everyone you know who would like to learn more about seeking and finding spiritual direction like local chaplains, clergy, hospice care providers, campus ministers, etc.


Are you discerning what technology fits your spiritual direction ministry and service? Do you wonder about offering spiritual direction via video conferencing or telephone? Join Christianne Squires, MS, MA, for the SDI Webinar, Using Technology Tools in Spiritual Direction: Is it for you?



SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 17 May and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 18 May and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

SDI is hosting Listening for Wisdom receptions around the world to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the organization. Where are the next TWO Listening for Wisdom events taking place? (HINT: dig around the website for some clues!)

Our April winner was Rita Senn who received the book, Hospitality: The Heart of Spiritual Direction. Congratulations, Rita!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

“Ritual, StoryTelling, Healing, Dreams & Spiritual Direction”- Abbot David’s Reunion, Friends, Guests Retreat July 27-30, 2015
Presenters: Fr. Jim Clarke, Ph.D., Dr. Marie DiSciullo-Naples, Fr. John Connor, CSC
 Mary & Joseph Retreat Center: 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verde, CA. Discover your story, healing ritual, dreams individually & in spiritual direction. Daily Eucharist, shared meals, prayers. Click here for details - Dr. Marie 207-491-7524.


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